the captive maiden

Happily Ever After…Or Happily Nevermore?

Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke’s son, Valten–the boy she has daydreamed about for years–and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

This book got off to a strong start but steadily got worse and worse, the ending was a little better but not enough to redeem it. There was too much religion, praying, repetition and dawdling. How many times can two characters get themselves into the same situation and luck themselves out again and again.

It was a very loose interpretation of Cinderella, which is why I was interested, so I was a little disappointed.

I am getting sick of the ugly pretty girl/plain pretty girl cliche. There are other ways to make a character.

Overall this was an okay book with brilliant hook but it didn’t live up to expectations for me.

3 out of 5 stars